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Kevin Bridges adds second Auckland show

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:41 pm | Elephant Publicity

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Synthony - Sold Out

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 3:27 pm | NicNak Media

Tickets have sold out to the upcoming Synthony - A Generation of Dance Music being held at Auckland’s Town Hall on September 30. Presented by George FM, Synthony brings together a selection of New Zealand’s biggest DJs and the Auckland Symphony ... More >>

Acclaimed American singer to deliver devil of a performance

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:53 pm | NZSO

American Eric Owens , one of the world’s greatest living bass-baritones, will perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this month in two performances of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust . Owens, named 2017 Vocalist of the Year by the ... More >>

Kindy Sunflower Project back to spark passion for gardening

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:46 pm | Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens

An amazing 11,612 kindy kids around New Zealand will be cultivating their gardening skills whilst competing with other kindergartens in their region to grow the tallest sunflower or widest sunflower head. More >>

Pātaka Friends Art Awards Exhibition

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:18 pm | Pataka Friends Art Awards

The Pātaka Friends Art Awards is an annual exhibition that is made up of entries from artists working or studying in Porirua and produced in the 12 months leading up to the exhibition. More >>

Lucy Rose Announced as Support For Ben Folds Tour

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:12 pm | Chugg Entertainment

UK Singer-Songwriter Lucy Rose Announced as Support For Ben Folds Paper Aeroplane Request Tour More >>

Asia Pacific Superyachts to showcase at Monaco Yacht Show

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:04 pm | Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ

Phuket, Thailand…August 17, 2017— Asia Pacific Superyachts owner-agents are excited to return and share new information of stunning Asia Pacific regions at the ultimate luxury rendezvous for the international elite clientele, the Monaco Yacht Show to ... More >>

NZ’s Vietnam War Veterans commemorate service

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:50 pm | NZ Returned and Services Association

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are commemorating the fallen, remembering the war and what came after, and catching up with old comrades this Friday, and through the weekend. New Zealand’s Vietnam Veterans’ Day will be held on Friday 18 August. ... More >>

Romeo & Juliet : A Rose by any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 12:42 pm | Rachel Pommeyrol

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name; And for that name, which is no ... More >>

How to Pack a Kitchen on a Plane

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 11:55 am | City and Guilds

Travelling to the National Final can be a logistical nightmare, with teams having to work out how to load half the schools home economics kitchen into crates and get them on a plane. I bet there will be a few tense moments waiting at the conveyer ... More >>

Callum Paterson Still Favoured, Even on Unfamiliar Terrain

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 11:48 am | Bikesport NZ

August 17, 2017: Waikato teenager Callum Paterson has never before raced at the sandy Taikorea Motorcycle Park facility, on the outskirts of Palmerston North, but that's no reason not to expect him to win there on Sunday. More >>

Northern Stars Continue to Build

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 10:21 am | Northern Stars

Thursday 17 August 2017 - The Northern Stars has re-signed dynamic defender Kayla Cullen for the ANZ Premiership while former Silver Ferns Paula Griffin and Ellen Halpenny are set to make a return to the elite league. They have also recruited young ... More >>

Mix of Youth And Experience in Kiwi Rotax Grand Final Squad

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:20 am | KartSport

There is a mix of youth and experience in the seven-strong Kiwi squad set to travel to Portugal later this year for the 18th annual Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals meeting at Portimao. More >>

Angus And Julia Stone to Return to NZ

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:10 am | Live Nation

THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2017 – Australian folk rock/indie duo ANGUS AND JULIA STONE will return to New Zealand this December bringing their Snow Tour to iconic venues in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. More >>

Wellington Independent Music Showcase at Bats Theatre

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 8:55 am | Bats Theatre

Originality, creativity and energy are not the only skills a musician needs to ply their trade; they must also always be on the hunt for new ways and places in which to present their music to varied audiences. Original songwriters, in particular, ... More >>

Auckland's St James Theatre Restoration Gets $1.5m Grant

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 8:47 am | St James Theatre

"Im thrilled that the restoration of the iconic St James Theatre in Auckland can continue moving forward with approval for an initial grant from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage through the Heritage EQUIP scheme". - Steve Bielby, ... More >>

ANC Slopestyle Finals Promise a Good Showdown

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 8:44 am | NZ Snow Sports

ANC Slopestyle Finals Promise a Good Showdown After Skiers & Snowboarders Battle for Top Qualifying Spots. More >>

Skyline Queenstown Fifty Years of Fun events

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 8:44 am | Skyline

New Zealand’s most popular tourist attraction Skyline Queenstown is toasting its 50th anniversary with a month-long party. Fifty Years of Fun runs throughout November and visitors can view historic artefacts from the 1960s and learn about the captivating ... More >>

TUKI Festival tickets on sale this week

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 4:14 pm | Tuki Festival

Tickets for Wanaka’s TUKI Festival, the festival formerly known as Rippon, go on sale this Friday, August 18 ( ). More >>

Film Urges Kiwis to Stop Ignoring the Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 3:45 pm | Joint Press Release

Tomorrow at 9.00am the it matters! campaign will release the first of two short films starring Neill Rea (The Brokenwood Mysteries, Scarfies, Go Girls and The Kick) and Sia Trokenheim (Step Dave, The Dark Horse, Everything We Loved). More >>

Release of Richard Bentley’s book "Innovate!"

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 3:29 pm | Richard Bentley

The growth of our technology-based exporters can be accelerated by making changes to the way our science and innovation system operates. More >>

Skycity Breakers Host Melbourne

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 3:11 pm | Pettigrew. Geen Arena

Following on from the confirmation of the NBL Blitz last week, the SKYCITY Breakers today announced the second stage of their pre-season schedule, with a series against star-studded Melbourne United to be played in Hawke’s Bay and New Plymouth in mid-September. More >>

AirMiles delivers a win-win for gamers and game developers

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 2:58 pm | Uproar

AirMiles for gaming platform Uproar delivers a win-win for gamers and game developers and brands More >>

Spring WFA Championship Kicks Off in P.B. Lawrence Stakes

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 2:01 pm | NZ Bloodstock

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 - A star-studded field will clash in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 2 Charge Of The Light Horse P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), the first of four races in the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship. More >>

NZ Experience Travel Expo – Domestic Travel Showcase

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 1:49 pm | Ellerslie Event Centre

Auckland: September 16-17 2017 brings together the best regions, accommodation and operators under one roof showcasing what you can see and do within our own country. With a large selection from all over NZ we have the country covered whether it’s ... More >>

Yeastie Boys: Movin’ On Up

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:54 am | Yeastie Boys

Ground-breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – today announced a new contract brewing relationship for their award-winning craft beer in New Zealand. From September, Yeastie Boys’ deliciously irreverent core range of ales will move north and be ... More >>

Baby boomers providing demand in Kiwi fitness market

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:09 am | Make Lemonade

August 16, 2017 - New Zealand is seeing a substantial increase in demand from the older ageing population for fitness, exercise and personal trainers, according to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie. More >>

Enjoy Art Book Fair - Conversations on Art in Print

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:58 am | Enjoy

On the last day of the Enjoy Art Book Fair, Enjoy is pleased to host a series of conversations that consider the distribution of art and creative practice through printed and online media. With presentations from Cassandra Barnett ( Black Marks ... More >>

Docomomo NZ Welcomes Court Decision on Gordon Wilson Flats

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:47 am | docomomo NZ

Docomomo New Zealand welcomes the recent decision by the Environment Court to overturn the proposed Wellington City Council District Plan Change to rezone the land on which the Gordon Wilson Flats are located and delist the significant heritage building, ... More >>

Sceats on Podium At City of Melbourne Meeting

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:45 am | Fast Company

Young Auckland karter Liam Sceats claimed 'top Kiwi' status at the 33rd City of Melbourne Titles meeting in Australia on Sunday, with a podium spot (third) in the hotly contested Cadet 12 class. With fellow young gun Louis Sharp from Christchurch, ... More >>

American Teen Tour upgraded to Spark Arena

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:30 am | Live Nation

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2017 – Live Nation today announces that the New Zealand date for KHALID's American Teen Tour has been moved to Spark Arena to allow more fans to see the artist of the moment. Overwhelming demand saw Auckland Town Hall sell ... More >>

Schoolboy Q To Headline 15th Episode of Rhythm And Vines

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:20 am | Rhythm and Vines

Schoolboy Q, mura masa, 2manydjs (Live), Giggs, Baauer and many more to headline as Rhythm and Vines 2017 sets to sell out. The much anticipated release of acts for Rhythm and Vines 2017 is here. Following on from the sold out festival in 2016, this ... More >>

Mainland Rally Series - Judd Takes Maximum Points at Catlins

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:16 am | Mainland Rally Series

Christchurch driver Jeff Judd along with co-driver Grant Marra have led home the field in the lastest round of the Stadium Finance Mainland Rally Series, the Catlins Coast Rally, held over the weekend. Judd’s result sees him as the fifth different ... More >>

Stagecraft Premieres Locally Written Musical 'Wonderland'

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:08 am | Stagecraft

Stagecraft is inviting audiences to the freak show, with the premiere of a locally written musical, Wonderland , opening 30 August at the Gryphon Theatre. But it’s writer Bruno Marshall Shirley who’s been left feeling the freak after taking on ... More >>

SIX60 Announce The New Waves World Tour With Nico & Vinz

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 8:58 am | Great Things

Tuesday, August 15 2017 - SIX60 are teaming up with Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz for The New Waves World Tour - taking the two acts across Europe in October and November, before heading downunder for four massive New Zealand dates in January. More >>

Whitianga Community Waka Ama Announces New Logo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 8:52 am | Waka Ama NZ

The Club has grown to over 20 members in the time since it was established 2 years ago and has started up two local waka ama events to help bring people to the local area, creating a need for a logo that represents the Whitianga Community Waka Ama ... More >>

Skiers and Snowboarders Warm Up

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 4:53 pm | Snowsports

Skiers and Snowboarders Warm Up for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ with first Halfpipe Competition of the NZ Season. More >>

DOC seeks information after lizards found

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:50 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is urging the public to come forward with information after 58 lizards were found stuffed in a discarded lunchbox at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. More >>

Ahipara’s top man on the A-List

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:42 pm | Ahipara Travel

Jean-Michel Jefferson, co-founder of leading destination management company Ahipara Luxury Travel, has just been named on the prestigious US-based Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a remarkable seventh year in a row. More >>

Squash NZ Morriss steps down as Coaching Director

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:19 pm | Squash New Zealand

Squash New Zealand today announces that Luke Morriss has resigned from his position as Coaching & Development Director with the governing body. Morriss, who joined Squash New Zealand in March 2015, has played a lead role in growing the quality of ... More >>

Girls in Games turns five!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 2:13 pm | Media Design School

Girls in Games , one of New Zealand's most recognised STEM programmes for secondary school-aged young women, is celebrating its fifth year of offering immersive one-day workshops that cover the basics of Game Art, Game Programming, and Game Design. More >>

David Elliot wins 2017 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 11:40 am | Otago University

Dunedin author and illustrator David Elliot wins 2017 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award More >>

The Power of stories: Engaging with Sports Media

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 11:29 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand is considered a country of sports fans, but do we ever consider the meanings and effects of sport in people’s lives? Professor Toni Bruce of the University of Auckland is a former news and sports journalist who turned her media and sport ... More >>

Māori Music Month Takes Over the Gold Coast

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:57 am | Maori Music Month

August 14, 2017 - Te Marama Pūoru Waiata Māori (Māori Music Month) is set to take over Australia’s Gold Coast this week with the Kiwi Karnival, a special celebration of New Zealand music, arts and culture which will see a group of young Māori performers ... More >>

West End star signed for Sister Act

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:56 am | Amici

After 25 years performing on stages in London's West End, musical theatre star Matthew Cutts makes a triumphant return home to New Zealand for the heavenly stage spectacular SISTER ACT, THE MUSICAL. More >>

The Musical Box Celebrates Genesis 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:53 am | NicNak Media

“I was really impressed by the production quality and the attention to detail” - Peter Gabriel “The Musical Box play it better than we did!” - Phil Collins More >>

Three Pacific teams join Mahuki innovation hub at Te Papa

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:45 am | Te Papa

Three Pacific businesses have joined the Mahuki Innovation Hub at Te Papa, supported by the Pacific Business Trust. More >>

Stubbornness Took Quirky Author to Victory

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:33 am | NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Ten years of hard work, a truckload of stubborness and a sympathetic press helped take fledgling author Julie Lamb to victory at the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain won Lamb the brand-new Best ... More >>

Yamaha's May Has Taikorea in His Sights

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:18 am | Bikesport NZ

AUGUST 15, 2017: This weekend's fourth round of seven in the popular NZXC cross-country series could be make or break time for a couple of riders with trophy-winning aspirations. More >>

Last chance to see Te Papa’s Golden Days exhibition

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:16 am | Te Papa

Te Papa’s cinematic Golden Days exhibition is closing on 31 August, after almost 20 years on the floor of the national museum. A replacement for Golden Days will be part of Te Papa’s overall exhibition renewal programme. The kiwiana ‘junk ... More >>

The xx First Show in New Zealand in 8 Years

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:08 am | Solid Entertainment

This is an all-ages show with a licensed bar available for over 18’s. More >>

Arts can help meet challenges in health and social services

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:04 am | Arts Access Aotearoa

Research conducted in the UK provides evidence that participating in the arts improves quality of life, aids recovery from illness and saves money across the health and social services, says Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa. More >>

Otago Author David Elliot Wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:44 am | NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Otago Author, David Elliot, wins Margaret Mahy Book of the Year - Winner of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announced tonight More >>

NZSO & Karen Gomyo Double Bill

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:31 am | Max Rashbrooke

Friday, 11 August and Saturday, 12 August - Two NZSO concerts in two nights this weekend was a real treat – although, like a box of chocolates, some parts were more of a treat than others. More >>

MARRC stands with Charlottesville anti-fascists

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 9:29 am | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

The Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign stands in solidarity with those who opposed fascism in Charlottesville USA, and the counter-protester who lost her life. More >>

No Ordinary Sheila Gets Nationwide Release

Monday, 14 August 2017, 4:24 pm | Rialto Distribution

Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring NZ documentary, No Ordinary Sheila, retraces writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch’s long life dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history. No Ordinary Sheila ... More >>

Alanis Morissette and Company concert Sells Out

Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:34 pm | Greenstone Entertainment

Second George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame concert Sells Out More >>

Lithographic Printing exhibition to open at Toitū

Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:26 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Monday, 14 August 2017) – On Friday 18 August, a new art exhibition entitled Sketched in Stone: Lithographic Printing in Dunedin will open at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. More >>

A week of unsettled weather ahead - Monday 14 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017, 1:42 pm | MetService

We're looking at a week of unsettled weather with a series of fronts moving through, bringing a mixture of rain, thunderstorms, snow and strong winds to many regions. There's a little bit of a breather on Tuesday afternoon for much of the North Island ... More >>

University of Auckland Sociologist Writes on Cross-Dressing

Monday, 14 August 2017, 1:00 pm | University of Auckland

On the 27th of July, 2015, Dr Colin Cremin, a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland, dressed up as woman and arrived on campus ready to give a lecture to 100 students. She was sporting high heels, pantyhose, full makeup, jewellery ... More >>